Men arrested, 138 chickens seized in cockfighting bust

45-year-old Robery Cottle, 31-year-old Arnulfo Garcia, 25-year-old Hugo Zuniga

July 18, 2011 2:37:28 PM PDT
The Johnston County Sheriff's Office arrested three men and seized more than 100 chickens in connection with a cockfighting ring Sunday.

According to WTSB radio in Smithfield, an anonymous tip led authorities to a home on Jackson-King Road. When deputies arrived, they say 30 people ran into a wooded area.

Officers arrested three men; 45-year-old Robert Cottle, of Raleigh; 31-year-old Arnulfo Garcia of Wendell; and 25-year-old Hugo Zuniga of Willow Spring. They were charged with cockfighting and conspiracy.

The sheriff's office says additional charges are pending.

Deputies also seized 14 parked cars at the home, 138 live chickens and 13 dead chickens, in addition to paraphernalia used for cockfighting.

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